Northern Showdown 2016

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Northern Showdown 2016

Somewhere in the back of my head I wanted to see a place where all automotive enthusiasts come together and appreciate each other's work, even when it's a totally different style. After attending the Northern Showdown last year, I realized that I had found that place! 

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A Time Capsule Roadster

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A Time Capsule Roadster

In the days before the muscle car era, if you wanted to go fast, you had to build yourself a hot car. The factory options were really limited for a young man in the 1950’s.

The Watters Brothers are legendary in Southern Ontario for their Mopar muscle; but in the late 50’s, they were young men interesting in having a hot car.....

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The Desjardin Model A – an International Incident

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The Desjardin Model A – an International Incident

Perhaps the biggest duo in the hot rodding scene in Windsor Ontario in the mid to late 1950’s was the Desjardin brothers.

Not only were they founding members of the Push Rods car club, but the club dragster was powered by a fire breathing Bernie Desjardin Packard V8.

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Drag Racing in St. Thomas – Part 2

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Drag Racing in St. Thomas – Part 2

In the late summer of 1961, the St. Thomas Gear Jammers had clearly established the strength of the market for local drag racing. The attendance at their 1960 and 1961 events at the St. Thomas Airport had proven that.

Now; they were exiled from the airport, and needed a place to host racing in time for the 1962 season.

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Drag Racing in St. Thomas – Part 1

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Drag Racing in St. Thomas – Part 1

St. Thomas is an industrial city; and for most of the 20th Century, it was a great place to find high paying industrial jobs.

As a result of this industry, St. Thomas also has a rich history of hot rods, muscle cars, and drag racing. By the late 1950’s, there were enough hot rods and enthusiasts in St. Thomas to support two separate car clubs. 

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The Fingal Road Lords

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The Fingal Road Lords

During the summer of 1940; with war escalating in Europe, Canada stepped up to become an Allied aviation training ground. The Canadian Government stepped up and quickly built many airstrips and air training facilities that summer. All facilities followed a common design, and they were essentially mass produced. In Southern Ontario, strips were created in London, St. Thomas, Hamilton, and many small locales such as the village of Fingal, Ontario.

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Flashback

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Flashback

A Tale of the Feature Car from the 2015 ELTA Bash...

This car was originally built; without the body, in 1955. It was powered by a Desoto Hemi, and it was raced at Kohler Dragway (Cayuga).

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